Sunday, May 29, 2011
This morning I read a Blog from KARVY09 that she wrote on 5/27. God that she wrote it. that I read it! I DID thank her too, but started writing, and realized I needed my own Blog...so here goes!
It's about when the "honeymoon" is over...when the enthusiasm goes and the "everydayness" of this journey sets in. Tho in my case, I'm not even sure I HAD a honeymoon. Oh, yes, I was very enthusiastic about SP for a while. Over the last almost two years that has come and gone, up and down, like a roller coaster. The same as my participation on SP, and in my Teams. Oh, in the whole thing! Today I want to call it "mess!" and be done with it! I am so wanting IT to be over. "IT" being being too fat, overweight, morbidly obese, too heavy to walk five minutes. I want to be and I want it NOW!
So, what did I do? I spent the past week...NOT tracking, NOT exercising...well, there you go, it's only been FOUR days! It feels like a lifetime! AND, I talked myself into weighing in this morning...and I gained 4 lbs. of course, to be expected, I guess.
I say "there you go" because I tend to exaggerate the "bad." Four days and four lbs. isn't so much in the big picture...but then I start thinking "why bother?" "It doesn't work anyway!" So, I went back and checked. The biggest improvement, I guess, is that I'm so conscious of my lifestyle...how often I eat out, eat fast food, don't exercise. You notice I mention the "No's" not the "yeses". (This would be a good thing to change, my self-talk.)
O.K. so the bottom line is that when I joined SP in July, '09 I weighed 320. Today I weighed in at 334. NO!
I have to say, during the two years I've fluxuated, even getting down to 315 once! but that's not good enough! I want to be one of those people who have lost 100 lbs., who loses steadily 2 lbs. a week, who consistently exercises every day...and I'm not any of those things...not one. Oh, on occasion, I do have a good day or even couple of days...but I always go back. For me, it's one step ahead...three or four back.
So, I get tired like I did this past week, well four days...like I said. Maybe I just need a total meltdown once in a while before I get back on the roller coaster that is my so-called "Journey."
Well, THAT felt good. I feel better now. Maybe I just needed to vent. It's Sunday, and I feel like I can start the week well, with my goals in tact. I went back to January and read my Goals for 2011 and they seem very doable. So, I'm going back to them, back to basics, as it were.
Friday, January 14, 2011
I had meant to do this before now, but...AND I have been thinking about it, but...
So, here goes. First, let me say that it's harder than you'd think because I've started over so many times...like every year, every month, every day! I always have good intentions...that sort of peter out before I've reached my goal. So that now I'm gun shy of making any goals at all. It just doesn't seem to work for me. I've tried long term, streaks, one-day-at-a-time...you name it. Now, I just get up every day and try my best to make good, healthy choices, don't get down on myself when I don't, and start over again the next day. Of course, I lose weight for a while, then gain it back.
However, in line with the idea of Goals for this year. The big general one is to lose weight. To do that I would like to increase my exercise...make it more consistent to begin with. What's got me revved up right now is "10,000 steps/day." So, that's Goal 1. Right now, I do about 600 steps (dedicated)/day. I figured out that it would take me 50 min. to do 10,000. So, my goal is to increase from the 3 min. I'm doing now to the 50 min. I need. How about I increase by 2 min. per week? That would be 400 steps more per week.
In terms of food...Goal 2 is to eat fast food less. Right now I eat about 5 meals per week. That's almost 1 a day!!! So, I'd like to get down to only 1 a week....say in 5 months.
In the mean time, I'll continue logging on to SP and doing all I do on-line, on Teams, etc. I'm thinking these two goals would improve my life a lot...and give me some confidence to make other goals.
Saturday, October 02, 2010
I'm totally enthusiastic about beginning the month and a new Walk Challenge. That always happens at the start of things, so this time I'm planning to make it all the way thru the month. I was totally AWOL in August, and very tentative in September because I was getting back into it (I lost 5 lbs., exercised almost every day and logged in almost every day too).
But getting back to my "high" right now. I'm just feeling so "opened up" for some reason. The good guidelines for losing weight seem to mean something to me, more than just rules. Like, the calorie count of meals is making more of an impression on me and I'm making decisions based on them. And, I've just read someone's Blog and she mentioned being "more active" every day. Well, duh! have I heard that before? Of course! But, right now, it feels like a revelation. It's not just to plan exercise; cardio or strength training...but to DO rather than sleep...which I do with too much regularity. (There's the before lunch nap, after lunch nap, after dinner nap, before evening activities nap...you get the picture.)
AND, I just realized that it's the last quarter of the year...and my birthday is coming up (Dec. 24th). So, it's the perfect time to make a longer plan and aim for a big birthday present. I have to focus on the day at a time because, well, I just have to. But wouldn't it be nice to give myself a nice BIG present at the end of the year? So, I'm going to think on it, be realistic and specific...and GO FOR IT!
I love starting new projects!!!
Thursday, July 15, 2010
This is a comparison of last year (July, 2009) and this year (June, 2010). I pulled up the calendar from last year so I have the real data. WooHoo! Sooo organized! This really shows my steps forward due to my membership on SparkPeople, goal setting ala SP, the support of SP...LOL...all the fun of getting points on SP. So, here goes:
Cardio: 3x then, 22x now
Strength: 1x then, 16x now
Unhealthy Food in House Routinely: then-diet coke, now-none;
then-t.v. dinners, now-only for emergencies
Kitchen Appliances NEVER Used: then-stove/oven (only used micro wave)
now-both fully broken in and used daily
Logged On to SP: 13x then, 25x now
You don't see a Weight category, as over all my weight has remained the same. I've gotten VERY consistent about water and freggie intake. It's just limiting the calories that eludes me. That's my goal for the coming year: the stay within my calorie allowance.
So, there you have it. My progress in a nutshell. A few words (it seems so little, laid out like this -LOL) and it's a whole lifetime for the last year! My life has changed. I eat differently! I exercise! I think differently! I Sparkle!
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